Buffalo squeaked by the Florida Panthers last night 6-2 thanks to a multitude of lucky bounces and a wad of rabbit's feet stapled to each player's forehead. I suppose we should enjoy this 6-month lucky streak while we can, since most experts know that Buffalo is the weakest team in the Eastern Conference playoffs right now. I mean, who wouldn't want to play the streaking Canadiens or face the mighty goal tending of Philadelphia? In order to salvage the would-be loss from last night, here's a roundup of the best I could find from around the web:
GET RID OF DARCY!!!!! - Buffalo Sabres Message Board
User donny52 shouts across the internet at us because the team in second place in their conference will never win a cup.
Strippers club in Buffalo? - Hockeybuzz Forums
agassi27 and others discuss a pressing issue for all Sabres fans. ZOMG A MUST READ!!1! b00bz
NHL Awards: Crosby, Ovechkin, Sedin Headline NHL Divisional MVPs - Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report hands the Northeast Division MVP to Tomas Plekanec of the Canadiens and his 68 points because "everyone already knows about Ryan Miller". Better luck next year Millsy....
Playoff Beards / Whatever it is the ladies do - HFBoards
Imagining Defeat's post title brings up an excellent question - are you OK with ladies growing playoff "beards" and not shaving for the duration of the postseason? DEBATE.
Also, happy April Fool's Day :)
Sabres' Ennis enjoys longer stay - The Buffalo News
Tyler Ennis is enjoying the perks of staying up in the NHL, like getting to play across from his childhood hero Martin St. Louis.
Expect These Playoff Newcomers To Excel In The Second Season - From The Rink
Postseason newbies like Tuukka Rask, Dustin Brown, T.J. Galiardi, Tyler Myers, Martin Hanzal and John Carlson could impact this year's playoffs - proof included. You can also read about how Myers is one of the top-10 under-21 players in the NHL here.
Miller deserves to win Hart - Edmonton Journal
The Hart Trophy hardly ever goes to a goaltender, give or take the odd Dominik Hasek or Jose Theodore, but Jim Matheson thinks Ryan Miller belongs in that group.
- Also, Luke Adam did not win the QMJHL MVP award last night.
Around the NHL:
Are The Canadiens About To Be Excluded From The 2009-10 Post-Season? - Habs Eyes On The Prize
A lengthy look at the Habs playoff chances by looking at all the other teams they have to get through to make it.
Playoff Standing Not as Close As They Look for Thrashers - Bird Watchers Anonymous
BWA breaks down exactly how many points the Thrashers would need down the stretch, and they're not as close as you might think.
Captains Under Fire for Flames, Flyers Flaws - Slap Shot Blog, NYTimes.com
How much are Jarome Iginla and Mike Richards to blame for their respective clubs' shortcomings?
Your e-mails are my guide into your team's soul - ESPN
John Buccigross uses emails to determine where each team's fanbase lies. Given the accuracy of the Buffalo synopsis among others, I'll go out on a limb and say this is a worthwhile read.
Els to use hockey player at Masters - ScoreGolf
This is probably the only time we'll ever link to ScoreGolf on this page, but it turns out that Ernie Els will have former Penguins and Flames center Dan Quinn on the bag when he tees it up at Augusta National next week.